As researchers (students and faculty, alike) turn increasingly to Google for their searches, university libraries - and the companies that provide the software they use - are having to rethink how they organize information and structure searches. Many are considering turning to the Google-like one-stop search box. While this structure has the benefit of elegance and simplicity, it also runs the risk of inundating researchers with loads of irrelevant results - a particularly vexing problem for those of us teaching young researchers how to gather the best information possible.
This move also impacts the very nature
of research itself, how we find information, and how we use what we
find. As the author of the article states: "The big question is how
these emerging tools are influencing research. Scholars have begun
several studies to find out. The work is important because "unlike
almost anything that libraries have done before," the rollout of
one-stop search tools is 'really intentionally trying to change the way
people do research,' says Michael Levine-Clark, associate dean for
scholarly communication and collections services at the University of
Denver Libraries. "That’s bound to change what people find."